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The Longest Eclipse Of The Century

The longest eclipse of the century takes place on July 27, 2018, at 4° Aquarius. The total lunar eclipse will shroud the moon in a blood-reddish glow of Friday, so prepare for a spectacular night sky. The eclipse will be total for 1h and 43 minutes and if we count the time when it’s partial we get to a total duration of 3 hours and 55 minutes. That’s a long time!

The eclipse will be visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

As you may know, we have a lunar eclipse only at a Full Moon, when the moon passes directly behind the Earth in Earth’s shadow. We usually have 2 lunar eclipses in a year (sometimes three).

So what exactly makes this particular eclipse the longest eclipse of the century?

The lunar eclipse on July 27 is the longest eclipse of the century because several factors aligned:

The Full Moon is almost exactly conjunct the South Node (just 1° away). The closer to the Node, the longer it lasts, because the Moon passes through the central part of the Earth’s shadow.

On July 27, the Moon will be at its farthest position from the Earth – the so-called lunar apogee. At this time of the year the Earth is farthest away from the sun, at aphelion. According to Greenwich astronomers, July 27 we will see the Moon smaller than usual because it’s further from Earth and it will be traveling slower than usual.

The eclipse is so long in duration because Moon is farther away and it takes longer to pass through the Earth’s shadow, AND because it will pass directly through the center of the shadow.

Basically, the shadow behind the Earth is longer and wider due to the angles between the Sun and the Earth.

And because the whole disk of the Moon will disappear in the shadow, the moon will turn red.

You may wonder why full moons turn blood-red during a total eclipse? Wouldn’t make sense to turn black and disappear completely under the shadow of the Earth, just like the Sun does when it’s eclipsed?

The reason the Moon turns reddish is the Earth’s atmosphere! When the Sun’s light reaches the atmosphere of the Earth, the light gets scattered and gets bend back onto the Moon. And the reason why it’s red is that red light travels faster than other colors and gets less scattered.

The Astrology Of The Longest Eclipse Of The Century

Simple! In astrology, total eclipses are the most powerful. The longer they last, the more powerful they are.

Being the longest eclipse of the century, from an astrological perspective, this eclipse is the most important and most eventful lunar eclipse of the century, too! This is big folks, and I cannot stress it enough. And…

… not only this is a total eclipse, the longest eclipse, but it’s also conjunct Mars in an extremely tight orb. The red planet Mars will basically shine right next to the red-blood Moon on July 27. What a night!

Does it count that Mars is now closer to the Earth than ever, brighter than he has ever been? Yes, it does. When Mars is close to the Earth, it’s even more powerful than usual. And Mars is also retrograde, and on the night of the eclipse is halfway through his cycle, opposing the Sun.

So we have a Sun-Mars opposition (with a very strong Mars), a Full Moon which is also conjunct the very strong Mars, a Full Moon which is also an Eclipse,  aaaand.. this is the longest eclipse of the century.

We have all the elements of an absolutely spectacular eclipse that we will remember for years to come.

Of course, not everyone will be affected, because not everyone has planets or angles around 4° in Aquarius or Leo… but if you do, you will DEFINITELY be affected. Something will happen. Eclipses are famous for bringing major changes and transformation in people’s lives. If you do have planets or angles around 4° in Aquarius or Leo, please leave a comment below with what is going on in your life right now.

Even if you don’t have a planet or an angle at the eclipse degree, you will still feel the energy, because the eclipse will fall somewhere in your chart. Have a look at which house you have Aquarius – themes related to that house will come forward.

What Needs To Happen Will Happen

The lunar eclipse takes place in Aquarius, and this means the Moon is in Aquarius and the Sun is in Leo. Both Aquarius and Leo have to do with the Ego and with the role you choose to play in the world: do you live from your heart, do you stay true to yourself, even if this means you have to be a lone wolf (Leo) or do you use your unique gifts to support a greater goal? (Aquarius).

In both cases, there is some Ego work that needs to be done. To shine your true light, you have to dare to shine it. This is more difficult than you may think. Shining your light comes with responsibility. Some people might not like your light. This means you’ll have to accept that not everyone likes you. That’s what Leo energy is about.

On the other hand, letting go of your expectation to be recognized for your individual contribution, so, in turn, you can achieve something greater than yourself, as part of a team, is the lesson Aquarians need to learn. Aquarius will teach you that it’s ok NOT to have your efforts recognized, even if you worked the hardest. Learning to stay true to yourself, and stay humble at the same time, are EGO challenges Aquarians deal with.

The Full Moon / Eclipse is in Aquarius, meaning that Aquarian themes will come into focus. And because this is a South Node eclipse, you will have an encounter with karma. This encounter will be connected to Aquarian themes in your life. Have a look where you have Aquarius in your life – which ego battles are you fighting there?

A South Node eclipse asks you to deal with something that is already part of your life. It’s payback time, for good or for bad.

And Mars will make sure you will take action this time. Even if you will surprise everyone around you. The Eclipse is also square Uranus, the planet of freedom and unpredictability. Maybe other people’s actions will surprise you. And when I say surprise, I don’t mean come with a shock.

Because this is a South Node eclipse, it’s not like you were not aware of ‘that something’. You were, but maybe you thought ‘that something’ will never change. That you can’t do anything about it. That it will always be part of your life. Or that you can never have it. 

Lunar Eclipses, just like the Full Moons, are times of fruition and harvest. Important things are said and done and big decisions are taken. Outcomes are inevitable. What needs to happen will happen.

The outcome can be positive or negative… depending on your actions, especially those actions connected to the opposite node, the North Node. What goes around comes around. When I say “positive or negative” I mean it from our perspective. From Universe’ perspective, there’s no such thing as positive or negative. Just consequences.

Because of its proximity to Mars and the South Node, this Lunar eclipse will be connected to the events marked by the Mars / South Node conjunctions: the first conjunction took place on June 8th, the 2nd conjunction on July 20th and the third and final conjunction on September 8th, 2018.

And because the eclipse is also square Uranus, you may feel you are forced to do something that you wouldn’t be doing otherwise. Don’t be afraid! Remember that Uranus always brings freedom, Mars always brings courage, and the South Node always brings liberation.

There is so much more to this eclipse and to eclipses in general! That’s why I created a fantastic mini-course called “All about eclipses”. And of course, there is no better time to bring it to you than now, before the eclipse. If you want to understand how this eclipse and how eclipses in general fit in the big picture of your life, I strongly encourage you to have a look  – here’s the link.

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New Moon in Aquarius – Living Wise and Wild and Free

The New Moon in Aquarius occurs – depending where you live – on the 27th or 28th of January,  at 8° Aquarius. The New Moon in Aquarius is unaspected, making it very potent and free willed.  

The Sabian symbol of the New Moon in Aquarius is “A flag is seen turning into an eagle” asking us to “act out” our vision. And indeed, the ruler of the New Moon – Uranus – still in a tense opposition to Jupiter in Libra, will not shy away from a confrontation, if this is what it takes to raise awareness about what he cares most: higher knowledge and perspective, idealism and freedom.

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Put it simple, Jupiter/ Uranus infused in the unaspected New Moon energy will make us want to break free once and for all!

Moreover, right now all planets (including the North Node!) are direct, inviting us to act and take advantage of every opportunity that comes along.

Immediately after the New Moon, Mars enters its domicile Aries which is the same sign Uranus currently resides in, giving us the extra energy boost we need to bring the Uranian agenda forward. This first New Moon of 2017 sets the tone for the turbo charged rest of the year.

The Chinese New Year starts as well on the 28th of January (The first day of the Chinese New Year always falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February). 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster. Roosters are a symbol of freshness and new beginnings. The rooster crows every morning to announce the Sun’s daily rise – in the past the rooster was the farmers’ wake up call. We see the themes of fresh perspectives, breakthroughs and progress coming over and over again, with every symbol.

The essence of Aquarian / Uranian energy is purely expressed during the New Moon. Every sign has one chance every year to tell the world what that sign stands for. Aquarius energy longs for the freedom to simply be and express itself as it is (Uranus rules lightings and thunders BTW). Aquarius represents the insatiable thirst for discovery, and rejection of the obsolete. It is not about the novelty for the sake of novelty, or about being different just to go against the grain, but about the freedom to be an individual. Aquarius is a human sign which represents the higher knowledge that is expressed and shared with the others.

Mercury is close to a conjunction to Pluto at the time of the New Moon. If you remember back in December (more exactly on the 19th of December) Mercury turned retrograde at the exact same degree. So it is at the time of the New Moon that Mercury finally leaves the “shadow” retrograde zone, getting ready for a confrontation with mighty Pluto.

Mercury has been dancing around Pluto for a while now, getting close to him, but not quite there, as if it had something to hide. But this time no more fooling around. If you have angles or planets around 15-17° in Capricorn (or Cancer, Libra, Aries) something quite shocking will be revealed to you. Alternatively you will finally speak out the truth on a matter that has been bothering you for a while.

Another transit occurring during the New Moon in Aquarius is an aftermath of Venus square Saturn (the transit is exact few hours before the New Moon).  The Venus Saturn transit becomes even more relevant because the Moon and the Sun (which are of curse in a conjunction) are close to the midpoint between Venus / Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. The New Moon in Aquarius becomes the bridge that materializes our vision (Saturn in Sagittarius) and brings it, like a mantra, to the world, to heal our hearts and connect us with the Spirit (Venus, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces).

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Venus in Aquarius – In Love There Are No Rules

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After she learned how to reach the highest achievements possible playing by the rules (Venus in Capricorn), Venus now makes a step forward.

In Aquarius, Venus is teaching us about those things money can’t buy, about those things the status doesn’t make any difference to.

In Aquarius, Venus wants to break free from the same beliefs and habits that made her successful.  That’s because she now knows that there is something bigger to life than fitting in, paying the bills, or wearing expensive clothes.

Going around the same way we’ve been before is comfortable and safe. But if we choose the path we’ve never been is so much more rewarding, and in a sense, the only way to be.

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A society is defined by its rules, and so are we. The decisions we make, the way we define beauty, our likes and dislikes, are very much defined by the norms of the society we live in, not by ourselves.

But there will always come a time when we will want something different, when we will want to make a step forward  to awaken to the next level of existence.

And this is what Venus in Aquarius is about. Venus in Aquarius wants to break free from the norm so that she can re-create the norm. Aquarius and Pisces, the last two signs of the Zodiac, represent the playing field of the Universe who always recreates itself.

Venus rules our values, what we like or dislike. In Aquarius, Venus will therefore like anything that is different, and will dislike anything that conforms to the norm.

In Aquarius, Venus become idealistic and wants to save the world. Venus in Aquarius represents the awakened consciousness put into the service of humanity.

Unusual relationships are another trademark of Venus in Aquarius. She will invite us to find our own path in love and with relationships. We won’t fall for the ordinary, but for the rebel, for the unique, for the misfit.

Venus in Aquarius is a bit more distant and unapproachable but that’s because now she cares about the big, meaningful things in life, and does not have any energy left to bother with the everyday mundane things.

Every time Venus is in Aquarius, we are developing the skills of detachment and objectivity. We learn how to detach from the norms around us, so that we don’t get swept into just doing the same old things we are expected to do, which will keep us away from knowing who we really are.

We will now make decisions that can surprise those around us. We might decide to go and date (or marry!) someone our parents or friends don’t like, or we might suddenly (yes, Uranus rules Aquarius)  decide to change our career or just do something completely different.

During this transit your heart will long for the freedom to be yourself.

It’s not about being different for the sake of being different, but about being an individual. Being true to yourself means never having to pretend you are someone you are not, feeling something you don’t.

We will now learn to cherish our uniqueness as the amazing human beings we are.

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Mars In Aquarius – It’s Time For A Revolution

Mars entered Aquarius on the 8th of November and it will stay here until 19th of December.

This is a very important transit, because Mars is in mutual reception with Uranus in Aries. Being in mutual reception, Mars and Uranus will strengthen each other and take on each other’s attributes.

So Mars will become ‘Uranus in Aries’-like, revolutionary, rebellious and much more action-oriented the fixed Aquarius Mars usually is. This time, Mars will take a serious stand against the status quo.

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Change must happen if we want to be free and live in the Truth, and Mars in Aquarius is willing to take the actions to make all the necessary changes happen.

Those of you with a natal Mars in Aquarius will experience a “Mars return”.

Mars return happens when the transit Mars reaches the same degree as its natal position. Planetary returns mark the beginning of another cycle of a particular planet’s continued development in our psyche – in the case of Mars –  our assertion, will, what motivates and energizes us, our borders with the outside world.

And for the people with Sun in Aquarius – the Aquarians – , the Mars transit over your Sun can activate a project you started at the time you had the Mars return.

Let’s take an example: if you are born on the 22nd January 1980, on the 10th of November 2016 Mars will transit your natal Sun (at 2° in Aquarius). If you look at your natal chart you will notice you have Mars at 15° in Virgo. The next step is to check when you had the last Mars return. If you look at the ephemeris, last time we had Mars transiting Virgo at 15° was around 20 October 2015. Think about what you have been doing back then – that project can finally move forward now.

For all of us, irrespective of our Mars or Sun placements, the transit of Mars in Aquarius can manifest in two main ways:

  • If you feel stuck, unappreciated or simply bored in one or more areas of your life, this transit will give you that push to break free from the chains of the society and express your uniqueness. During the next 1 month and a half you will want to do something different, and distinguish yourself from your group – school, workplace or any type of community. Now is the time to challenge group thinking and stand out for YOUR truth. If you no longer connect yourself with the direction of the group you are part of, you have the celestial green light  to do something about it.
  • On a contrary, if you’ve been too much “me” focused in the last 2 years, the transit will remind you about the power of collective wisdom. Being part of something greater than yourself, belonging to like-minded groups and communities, can your individual potential leverage to a greater extent. That group, that community, this world needs you and would not be the same without you.

Mars in Aquarius transit key words: collective consciousness, putting hopes and ideals into action, adrenaline, intra and inter group collaboration, technology breakthroughs, bringing innovation  to market, free thinking and unique expression, mass communication, revolution.